Christion Abercrombie, a member of the Tennessee State football team, is in critical condition after a hit during a game on Saturday, Sept. 29. Abercrombie collapsed on the sideline after complaining to trainers about a headache. He then underwent emergency surgery at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
“Tennessee State University football student-athlete Christion Abercrombie remains in critical condition following an injury he suffered during today’s Tennessee State-Vanderbilt game at Vanderbilt Stadium,” a statement from the Tennessee State football program read.
“He was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center and remains under observance. We ask for your prayers at this time.”
The injury was described as a “serious” head injury.
It appears that Abercrombie was injured on a routine play and that there was no dirty play in question.
“It was just a football play,” Tennessee State head coach Rod Reed said, via the Tennessean. “He was taking on a block and it wasn’t anything malicious or dirty or anything like that. Just an unfortunate situation.”
Another report indicated that Abercrombie is verbally unresponsive.
“My thoughts and prayers are with Christion and his family,” Reed said in a statement. “He’s fighting, and we just need to keep him uplifted with prayers.”
A statement from Abercrombie’s mother read: “Christion is resting. He’s fighting. We’re trusting God and please continue to pray.”
The injury to Abercrombie occurred right before halftime. After he collapsed, he was administered oxygen before ultimately being taken off the field on a stretcher.
Abercrombie, who is the second-leading tackler on the Tennessee State defense with 13 tackles and who has also contributed 1.5 sacks, is a sophomore transfer from Illinois.
Our thoughts are with Abercrombie’s family during this difficult time.